If there would be a Pakistani ‘How To Apply For Citizenship’ course, it would be three words long—help a Muslim.
Or it could be two words—criticise India.
Recently an inter-religious couple in Lucknow had ‘the time of their lives’ at the city’s passport office. As our sanskari Indian uncles never fail to exude that moral policing attitude and display their religious bravado like onion cake on a fish custard, this happened:
“According to reports, the Passport officer [Vikas Mishra] had asked the woman to change her name and her husband to convert to Hinduism. Mishra has contested the allegations of misbehaviour,” reports Hindustan Times.
The couple asked Sushma Swaraj to step in and help them which she did and their passports were issued in 24 hours and Vikas Mishra, the self-righteous uncle ji, the protector of Hindu faith, was also summoned.
Now, I know how much we blame politicians for every news story in the newspaper but sometimes our politicians do the right things too.
Specially Sushma Swaraj who has a kind of reputation for being a knight in shining armor of the desperate and the helpless.
We were just about to raise our hands to applaud but instead of applauding, our hands magically moved to our mouths in shock at what happened.
Yes, she is now “Vsa Mata” and Pakistani overnight.
Wow! One would assume that means something, I mean, serving at the highest of the high elite institutions of India, her position would command enormous respect and power, right?
It commanded this:
And also this:
And if you think “These are just two random nobodies, who cares?“, well, then think again.
As the Hindustan Times found, “41 BJP lawmakers follow Twitter users who trolled Sushma Swaraj.
And apparently, they not only suggested beheading her (Talibani inspiration) but also a lot more.
@Bharat1 (kindly pay attention to the username) had to say this-
I mean seriously, what online abuse is complete without rape threats, slut-shaming and other forms of gender-specific abuse? That’s like Trolling 101 guys.
And if you think women are left behind in this exercise… nope! Here is what user @BalaJna had to say to pay a tribute to Sushma Swaraj:
I mean, ‘cheating Hindus’ doesn’t happen by publicly calling an elderly woman a “whore”, or calling for her beheading and lynching. But remember friends, the moment you commit an act that somehow by some direct or indirect line of action has anything to do with Muslims, or even simply helping an inter-faith couple, that’s when you become a cheat to Hinduism. For further classes on the topic, kindly contact the above Twitter user, who also thinks commanding the PM of India to sack highest ranked Government officials is as easy as saying “Bittu, chalo homework karo jaakar.”
And this one really confused me terribly:
Whoa. I thought BJP stood for the whole nation. Is this the national/anti-national debate thingy? No, this is evidence that the BJP is only “Hindu Rakshak” and not “Indians rakshak” because Indians include a lot of people other than Hindus. Which is also confirmed by this apparent ‘hurting of Hindu sentiments’ by a couple’s silly passport being issued:
Weirdly enough, guess who was standing by her side? The freaking opposition!
Well, for now, we have established few things for sure:
And guess what? They now are threatening to cancel the couple’s passports and fine them on charges of some mistake in their form claiming they gave some false information.
My concern here is not whether they wrote some addresses here and there, or if they gave every single piece of information with the accuracy of slicing a brain tumor.
My concern is the treatment they received when government officials got to know the couple is interfaith.
My concern is that they had to ask for help on social media.
And the worst concern of all is the abuse and total shamelessness of the politicians who are connected to these so-called hyper-nationals, these toxic ‘patriotic’ people who can call for a public beheading and lynching of an elderly woman in one of the highest ranks of government.
This has gone way beyond ‘time-to-wake-up’.